The Duel

    The Duel

    Castlereagh, Canning and Deadly Cabinet Rivalry

    Giles Hunt

    IB Tauris 2008

    Hardback 228pp Illustrated

    9781845115937   Product Code: 21348

    In 1809, at the height of the struggle against Napoleon, Britain's Secretary of State for War, Lord Castlereagh, challenged the Foreign Secretary, George Canning, to a duel. The two men met on Putney Heath, and Canning was wounded in the thigh. Drawing on previously overlooked private papers, this detailed history examines the poisonous rivalry that led two eminent statesmen to risk their lives in the midst of a national emergency, and traces the far-reaching consequences of this bizarre incident.

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